NaPoWriMo : Day 28 (2) – Why I write

The prompt was to write a poem on poetry. And I did write it last night; at the stroke of midnight.

Then I read a lot of beautiful poetry of fellow participants; poems that set me thinking, that kept me awake. I’m not sure when I did fall asleep but a few hours later when I opened my eyes to the sound of the cuckoo bird, and this poem wrote itself. There was no way I could stop it. So here it is – ‘Why I write’

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I lie awake on my bed

Long after the lights are out and the night is dead

And wonder why is it I write poetry-

Is it for others’ or just for me?

I see a lone star in the sky

From where, on my bed I lie-

And feel a surge of emotion

They are my master, they lead me on, I must follow their direction

In cascades they come – rumble, tumble;

Drum beats in my ear, and to myself I mumble-

Words and verses on that lone star

That watches me toss on my bed, from afar

I close my eyes; now is not the time, this is the time to rest

But they hold me ransom, this is a true master’s test

Wake up I must and let them see the light of day

Or be held captive by their wrangling; my solitude threatened; they cannot stay

Get them out on paper; I must lay them down

Doesn’t matter the order- the word, the verb, the noun

Show them to the world or not-

Doesn’t matter; but I can’t let them ferment and rot

Let them flow, let them breathe

And let them not within me seethe

For I want to be free; free, free

And this is the only way they’ll allow me to be-

So I write; words, verses and what the world calls a poem

To save me, my soul, from the brewing mayhem


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14 responses to “NaPoWriMo : Day 28 (2) – Why I write”

  1. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    I remember doing an exercise on why I write at a writing course and it was quite an emotional experience to let those feelings out – a wonderful depiction of your passion for writing and the fact that writing is often a compulsion that we can’t resist 🙂


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Yes, when I got about to answering the question, it felt like an ocean, so many layers, each one deeper than the other…why I write. Thank you so much for sharing your experience of the same🌷

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  2. bigskybuckeye Avatar

    A poet finds a certain configuration of emotions and images as he or she applies words to a blank sheet, becoming a finished creation in the end.


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Yes, that’s so well explained

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  3. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    I really enjoyed this poem.


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you Robbie. Sometimes they just come and its wonderful then to receive a comment like this.


  4. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

    Beautiful and excellent piece of poetry, Smitha. Awesome poem.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Kamal. I can’t believe I’m actually looking forward for the month to end. Lol. However, the prompts have been wonderful learning and they do push one to think.


      1. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

        Yes absolutely true and agree totally with your words, Smitha but the month will surely end in two days. Welcome.


        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Yes it will. 😊 thank u for being there through the journey. Its helped me through.


          1. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

            Welcome dear Smitha have a great day.


  5. paeansunplugged Avatar

    Yes!! We write because there is no other way! Beautifully expressed how an idea can keep us awake.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks Punam for taking the time to read and dropping a line. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. paeansunplugged Avatar

        You are welcome Smitha. 🙂


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